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Fallspiration

17 Oct

Well, I have to say that lately I just haven’t been feeling “it”.  Do you know what I mean?

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of fall, only I live in a place that doesn’t really get many seasons.  I know, San Diego is a beautiful place and I’m about to complain (just a little, teeny bit) about it!  Don’t hate me. 🙂  It’s just that I really love the change in seasons and fall is my absolute favorite.  Here in this desert by the sea, we get hot winds called Santa Anas instead of cold crisp air, sunny days and changing leaves.  And I don’t know what has happened to my work ethic, if I ever had one, but it seems to have vanished completely.  Maybe it’s being pregnant, who knows.  I just love pulling the pregnancy card!

But I knew I needed to do something, fast, to get my inspiration flowing again.  So I decided to create some inspiration boards for fall.  This is what I’m into right now:

I just gathered it all up and put it in one place.  Yes!  This is what I want to see and feel around me for fall!

Black, white and gray, with touches of warm pink and yellow, travel to foreign cities (I’m into that year-round though I must say), the rich color and flavor of fall fruits and other dishes, and natural rough elements like wood juxtaposed with delicate items of porcelain and glass, in white of course.  And just a hint of gothiness.  Is that a word?  Well I think it fits.

I am in LOVE with this print by artist Laura Su.  I found it on etsy.  Her dream is to be an artist…well I say help a girl out!  Her work is amazing.

I couldn’t wait to get the print and it is so beautiful.  Great quality, and it just speaks to me.  I would like to get another one, but that’s my art budget for this month.  Since I left my job to stay at home and work full time on my own business, I have had to cut back.  Which is totally fine; I am more than happy with my decision and feel very grateful to be in the position to even be able to try to do this (and still have a little fun money at all), I’m just frustrated with myself because I keep telling myself I need to MAKE things and be PRODUCTIVE but I’m just not motivated to do so!  It’s a real issue for me right now.

Anyway, I then moved all my inspiring objects into my office/studio and put them up on the boards so I can see them every day.

I love it.  This was a great way to feel a little excited about the season, regardless of the weather or the fact that I am still wearing flip flops. I think I am going to do this exercise every season.  Why not?  I think everything needs a little freshening now and again.

And then I found these as well.

So, while this did help me a little, my question to you is, how do you keep yourself inspired?  Do you make inspiration boards or books too?  Feel free to share!  And if you are an artist, what are your best tips for staying productive?  I’m anxious to know how some of you do it…I really am trying to get over this block I’ve been having!

Oh and by the way, we are finally getting a little of that crispiness in the air!  Love it…

Corners of My Home, Part I

3 Apr

One of my favorite design blogs is design for mankind. And one of my favorite features is the monthly inspiration e-zine that Erin puts out, which you should download immediately right here.

It is just that–inspiring! I “read” the new issue (I need a new word here, because really it’s all about the pictures, and you don’t read pictures, and “looked at” isn’t quite getting it either. I need a word for “I drank it with my eyes”– “devoured” comes sort of close I guess; any suggestions?), and it was total eye candy (but again, “candy” sort of conveys cheapness. More like “eye 100% RDA”).

Anyway, I really enjoyed the last two issues, but I especially enjoyed this one because the focus is on inspiring areas in peoples’ homes. As someone who thinks about interior design pretty much constantly, getting a glimpse into the creative spaces of others was a real joy! They were all beautiful , but I wanted to share a few that resonate the most with my own style, listed in the order in which they appeared in the e-zine:

This is in Bethany’s home:

What I love about this are the colors and the layering of pattern on pattern. The glimpse of her ingenious jewelry display in the mirror is great and I love the splash of red in the necklace on the lamp. But I think what makes this photo for me is the way the wall actually appears green fading into yellow. The green really sets off the red in an unexpected way. She is one creative lady…she even has an etsy store.

Here is Bridget Pizzo’s dining area:

She is a photographer and stylist, can you tell? You can see more of her work here. There are several things I love about this photo, starting with the colors again; I just love the way citrusy yellow looks against pale gray, and I love how you see the same colors repeated in the next room. It looks so fresh, airy and spacious. In addition, there appears to be a pug in the distance, and if you ask me, pug=success.

This room is in Rachel Saldana’s house:

I love the color, which she mentions is Bird’s Egg by Benjamin Moore, a color I considered for my last project. It’s the most perfect blue, and the trellis pattern looks great with it and her china. Such a peaceful little corner! You can see more of her work and photographs on her blog.

This is the bedroom of Rachel Stuart-Haas:

Again, I am loving these complementary colors. She said she was trying to evoke the feeling of being underwater, with bright creatures floating by…I think she succeeded, don’t you? Also, it reminds me of a room I had once, with the walls glazed the color of a Dali evening sky…

Here is a corner in Monica’s home:

I love the colors (that pale gray and citrus again, mixed with a little pale blue–yum!) and also the texture. It’s a fabulous arrangement. She mentions in the e-zine that she finds all this amazing stuff in the attic of her house! Lucky girl…:) She has a wonderful blog as well.

Here is a corner in Sandra’s home:

The artwork on the top left is her own; isn’t it great? You can see more of it on her website and her blog, where she has some wonderful photographs, too. I love all of the illustrations she has hanging here. Also, this is the color I would love for my bedroom to be next. So dreamy…both she and Monica live in the North, and there is something about that northern light that makes pale, washy colors like this just glow…I wonder if I can recreate the same effect in southern California?

Going through the e-zine and then visiting everyone’s sites just reminded me that there is so much talent out there! I am constantly amazed by my growing list of “must-read” blogs, and flickr contacts, and all the creativity there is to keep on top of! Actually, it’s not even possible to do that, but it’s fun to try. I really encourage you to check out the work of these girls and every person that you can. This is such a fun community to be involved with and such a fun problem to have–more inspiration than you know what to do with!

I was also inspired to share some of the corners of my own home with you. I thought it would be an exercise in looking at my own home in a new way. Also, we *may* be moving soon, so it’s a way to document some of my favorite little areas. There are several little corners of inspiration that I keep, but since this post is getting really long (if you are still reading it!), I will share just a few at a time over a couple of posts.

First, a little corner in my kitchen.

This is a painting I have been working on (I’m ashamed to say) for about a year and a half! It’s a copy of one of my favorite paintings. I found a little postcard with it in the Pompidou, but could never find a print, so I decided to make my own! I love looking at it; now I just need to make time for some painting so I can finish the thing!

Here is another little area in the kitchen:

I love that little doll; she came from a thrift store in Ocean Beach. And of course flowers are always nice to have around.

I will return Monday with a few more for you! Have a great weekend, everyone!